ALEDO, Texas -- Accusations of running up the score are nothing new in high school football, but at a certain point, does routing your opponent become bullying?
One concerned parent filed a formal complaint alleging just that after the Aledo Bearcats mauled Western Hills High Cougars 91-0 last Friday night.
Aledo head coach Tim Buchannan said his players and coaches also feel bad about the score.
He said he actually tried to keep from scoring by playing starters for only 21 snaps, keeping the ball on the ground, and letting the game clock run constantly starting in the third quarter. He also claims Aledo played every player who could physically play.
But Buchannan said the one thing he could not do is ask them to not play hard.
Aledo ISD Superintendent Derek Citty said this is not Aledo-versus-Fort Worth.
"We want their kids to succeed, just like we want our kids to succeed," he said.
Citty said Aledo's principal has talked with the concerned parent. Coach Buchannan said he also talked with the Western Hills coach, who felt the bullying complaint wasn't valid.
The University Interscholastic League (UIL) recently moved Aledo into a district with much weaker Fort Worth football programs. Superintendent Citty says the answer to such lopsided games is to change districts again.
Aledo is averaging nearly 70 points a game this season, and 77 points against district opponents. They've scored 84 points twice, and crushed even highly rated opponents, including Stephenville.
Aledo won state 4A championships in 2009, 2010 And 2011. Buchannan said, overall, this year's team is the best he's ever coached.